Climate Existentialism

  Today the IPCC came out with “A Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming a 1.5C”  Essentially, it outlines how bad things will get as the Earth’s climate increases to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels but also how much worse things will get if the Earth warms to 2 degrees celsius above […]

Two Cheers for Sports Diplomacy

  The 2018 Winter Olympics are starting next week which is great because I love watching the Olympics.  The Winter Olympics are especially fun because they have so many weird ass sports like curling* and luge.  The Summers Olympics also have their share of ridiculous sports but I mainly watch them for the wrestling since […]

Why There Hasn’t Been Meaningful Gun Control Yet.

Like some horrible broken record the response in the United States after a mass shooting follows a typical pattern: thought and prayers are offered by all, we are told to not politicize the tragedy by bringing up the topic of gun control, deflections away from gun control ensue (focus on mental health, gun control wouldn’t […]

“Texas is a Crazy State”*: Economic Populist Edition

It’s not very controversial to say that Texas has its own unique political culture, or its own unique culture for that matter.  As a non-native I am sometimes dumbstruck by the pride, bordering on arrogance, that many Texans have for their state and culture.  It is baffling.  Nevertheless the state does provide an interesting case […]